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2022 Annual Report

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The Extension Master Gardener program is a statewide network of volunteers and Extension educators working in N.C. Cooperative Extension county centers and on NC State’s campus. Through education and outreach, we connect people with the benefits of gardening and empower North Carolinians to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities. 

Explore stories that celebrate our work to help North Carolinians learn and grow.

Volunteers attending the conference interact with panel members.Learning to Create Climate-Ready Landscapes

Selecting plants for challenging conditions, designing climate-resilient landscapes, and preserving and protecting pollinators were among the issues volunteers explored during Extension Master Gardener College 2022.

Small black bees inside of plant stem.Growing Knowledge to Protect Pollinators

Volunteers in eight counties are conducting research to investigate how we can increase pollinator overwintering habitat.

A group of volunteers stand among flowers.Volunteer Service Across North Carolina 

From community gardens to plant clinics, our volunteers engage thousands of North Carolinians each year, helping them to learn and grow. Explore some of our most in-demand volunteer service activities and their combined impact across North Carolina.

Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox BannerHelping Grow the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox

Volunteers enhance and expand the Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox, a free, online plant database where you can find a wealth of information about more than 4,600 plants that grow in and around North Carolina.

Banner images from the Facebook page of Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Durham CountyCreating Connections: Education through Social Media

Through social media outreach, volunteers increase engagement and offer volunteer opportunities outside of normal business hours.

Collection of metal containers planted with flowers and plants.Container Garden Partnership Grows Educational Outreach 

Transforming neglected planters outside of a local coffee shop provides volunteers an opportunity to teach city residents about gardening in limited spaces.

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Across our state, over 3500 volunteers with the NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ program work under the leadership of Extension educators to strengthen and expand Extension’s delivery of research-based knowledge to North Carolinians.

Through education and outreach, we connect people with the benefits of gardening and empower them to cultivate healthy plants, landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.

Join Us!

Learn how to become a Master Gardener℠ volunteer in your community. Contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension Center to find out when the training course will next be offered and how to apply.

Keep Us Growing!

The Extension Master Gardener Endowment is a fundraising initiative to ensure the NC State Extension Master Gardener program will continue to grow and serve North Carolinians for many years to come. Support the Extension Master Gardener endowment through a gift or by purchasing an EMG license plate.

Gardening Questions?

Use our Garden Help Directory to connect with Master Gardener volunteers in your community.